Genre: Horror

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Oct 11
The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book! I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was… Read more »

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Feb 18
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

I loved the ghostly elements in the book. The way Sunshine interacted with the child ghost. And how the story unfolded. I didn’t expect most of the twists around why it was happening to her after their move. And while there is a minor romance thread, it is super minor. The strongest theme was the focus on family between Sunshine and her mother. They are best friends for most of the book, and do things you don’t always see in YA. Things like have movie nights, cook dinner together, poke fun at each other, and Sunshine raids her mom’s closet… Read more »

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Nov 18
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I’ve come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia’s ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence’s Aunt and Uncle had no idea. Florence’s Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the same time, thinking Sophie had been the next thing to an Angel. Constantly yelling at Florence and trying to get her sent… Read more »

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Jun 17
The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

I was so glad to see Charlotte back in this book! Penny played a larger role than in the first book as well. Simon and Kate are starting to ease into an actual relationship, though that thread was super minor. There was lots of action and magic, as well as violence and gore, and things turned a bit darker in this story. We got to see lots more of Penny’s nifty mechanical gizmos, and Malcolm grew a lot as a character. I really liked Kate in this, and Simon is still just as funny and quick-witted. We finally get to… Read more »

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May 06
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

I was given this ARC by a friend as a gift. Some things may have changed in the final version.   “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”   I was expecting something slightly different than what I got. I was thinking Edie was going to get some kind of magical powers that she was using to take her revenge. But that wasn’t quite what happened. She made a deal with a boy she’d never met before, after he stopped her from trying to kill herself. In exchange… Read more »

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Mar 22
Death Whispers (Death #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett (review)

Death Whispers (Death #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett (review)

The story is told from the viewpoint of a 14 year old boy. So some of the things he says and does, will make you want to occasionally smack him. But that’s also what makes the story feel real. He acts in the way I’d expect a teenage boy to behave. The story takes place in 2025, 10 years after a healthcare act Obama has helped create. 10 years after the first of the children who were injected with a drug start to manifest paranormal abilities. Some of them have tested low enough they can pick from the jobs offered,… Read more »

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Mar 15
Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, based on the summary. I like Micah well enough, but it sounded like the whole 600-page book would be based around his dying father. It was, and it also wasn’t. I was really enjoying it, there’s lots of police work and crime detection like in the early books most of us loved before the series started going down hill. There were only 2 sex scenes in the entire book. And 2 of my favorite characters who we don’t see enough of made appearances: Wicked and Truth. But Anita kept… Read more »

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Oct 31
Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick (review)

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick (review)

  “Trick or treat, trick or treat, candy is dandy, but murder is sweet.” This has all the hallmarks of a good scary story. Creepy house, a secret that the whole town knows and that the main character doesn’t. Mysterious phone calls, Halloween right around the corner. Some of the book will seem cliched now, but you need to remember this was published back in 1989 when most of this was new and fresh. It’s still a sufficiently chilling read for this time of year. I’d love to be able to explore this house, in daylight, without someone wanting me… Read more »

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